MANCHESTER, England - Moeen Ali starred in a dramatic England victory for the second time in as many matches as they crushed India by an innings and 54 runs to win the fourth Test at Old Trafford yesterday with two days to spare.
India suffered their second spectacular collapse of the match in losing nine wickets after tea on the third day — including five for 13 in 21 balls — as England went 2-1 up in the five-match series ahead of next week's finale at The Oval.
After a Test-best six for 67 to seal England's 266-run win in the third Test, their first victory in 11 outings, Ali took four for 13 in 37 balls on the way to innings figures of four for 39 in 13 overs.
"You don't often get nine wickets in a session," said England captain Alastair Cook at the presentation ceremony.
"Moeen was terrific — I've never seen a bloke work so hard and improve so much in international cricket."
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that poor batting had been his side's Achilles heel.
"Even in the first innings, we weren't up to the mark. We have to improve before the next Test. So far in this series, our batting has not clicked."
At tea, the tourists were 1-33 in their second innings, with all-rounder Chris Woakes having taken his first wicket of the series to dismiss Murali Vijay.
This was quickly transformed into 6-66.
The collapse was all the more extraordinary as England fast-medium bowler Stuart Broad, who took six for 25 in India's first innings, was off the field after being hit on the nose by a Varon Aaron bouncer while batting.
Among the victims was Virat Kohli, falling for seven on his Lancashire home ground to leave the talented batsman with a tally of just 108 runs.